I’d been using the Kanebo Blanchir Clear Conditioner toner for a couple of years now and its served me well. However, I was curious as to other toners out there, so when I finished my last bottle, I ran out in a daze of freedom to buy one from a different brand.
My footsteps led me to Kiehl’s and after a quick chat with the sales person, I exited the store in a daze, carrying the Kiehl’s Alcohol Free Cucumber Herbal toner. It was recommended to me as being suitable for those with normal and/or sensitive skins.
The liquid is clear dark green – a dark vegetable green as you would get were you to puree spinach and squeeze out the juice. That sort of green. Very “un-cucumber” which is usually portrayed as clear light green or just clear.
There is a strong herbal scent that might bug some but perverse me loves it! I swear I’m addicted to the smell :P What I’m not quite addicted to is the toner.
It behaves well for a toner that you use to clean off residue of cleanser or dirt or makeup etc that you did not quite get clean in the shower. Its slightly astringent and tingles the skin, but it is not drying and is alcohol-free. That part I like.
However, since I’m used to toners that “moisturize” it was quite a bit of a mindshift to get back to toners that “clean”. I asked the sales person if I could leave it on my skin like a mask and the look of horror on her face was priceless :P
So get this if you want a basic toner that refreshes your skin and if you like the smell. Don’t get it if you prefer something that moisturises like the Japanese style toners or lotions. Something tells me I’m going back to the Kanebo Blanchir Clear Conditioner or similar soon. :P
The Kiehl’s Alcohol Free Cucumber Herbal toner retails for RM80 for 200ml. Its been more than a month, used twice a day and I’m not even halfway through yet! Not bad ;)
Pros: Basic toner, Non drying, No Alcohol
Cons: Smell might put some off
With all the rain we are getting lately, is anyone else freezing their booties off in their respective offices yet? I swear I imported some Autumn weather back with me! Not that I’m complaining when I get to pull out some warm cardigans teehee…